Charting the Social Landscape – Who’s Notable Amongst Followers of UK HE Twitter Accounts?

Over the last week or two, I’ve been playing around with a few ideas relating to where Twitter accounts are located in the social landscape. There are several components to this: who does a particular Twitter account follow, and who follows it; do the friends, or followers cluster in any ways that we can easily … Continue reading “Charting the Social Landscape – Who’s Notable Amongst Followers of UK HE Twitter Accounts?”

Twitter and the Telly…and the Sale of Twapperkeeper

Two and a half years ago or so, I cobbled together a Yahoo Pipe that created a caption/subtitle feed file from a hashtag based search on Twitter. The idea was that if folk were using a tag to tweet around a video event, such as a conference video feed or TV broadcast, and a recording … Continue reading “Twitter and the Telly…and the Sale of Twapperkeeper”

Circles vs Community Detection

One take on the story so far: – Facebook supports symmetrical follows and allows you to see connections between your Facebook friends; – Twitter supports asymmetric follows and allows you to see pretty much everyones’ friend and follower connections; – Google+ supports asymmetric follows Facebook and Twitter both support lists but hardly anyone uses them. … Continue reading “Circles vs Community Detection”

Surveying the Territory: Open Source, Open-Ed and Open Data Folk on Twitter

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been tinkering with various ways of using the Twitter API to discover Twitter lists relating to a particular topic area, whether discovered through a particular hashtag, search term, a list that already exists on a topic, or one or more people who may be associated with a particular topic … Continue reading “Surveying the Territory: Open Source, Open-Ed and Open Data Folk on Twitter”

Filter Bubbles, Google Ground Truth and Twitter EchoChambers

As the focus for this week’s episode [airs live Tues 21/6/11 at 19.32 UK time, or catch it via the podcast] in the OU co-produced season of programmes on openness with Click (radio), the BBC World Service radio programme formerly known as Digital Planet, we’re looking at one or two notions of diversity… If you’re … Continue reading “Filter Bubbles, Google Ground Truth and Twitter EchoChambers”

“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” Twitter Echochamber

I didn’t follow the twitter backchannel surrounding the second part of Adam Curtis’ documentary series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, but I did see a tweet that made me grab a snapshot of the friend connections between folk who were tweeting around it using the awobmolg hashtag. The following shows the major … Continue reading ““All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” Twitter Echochamber”

UK Journalists on Twitter

A post on the Guardian Datablog earlier today took a dataset collected by the Tweetminster folk and graphed the sorts of thing that journalists tweet about ( Journalists on Twitter: how do Britain’s news organisations tweet?). Tweetminster maintains separate lists of tweeting journalists for several different media groups, so it was easy to grab the … Continue reading “UK Journalists on Twitter”

More Pivots Around Twitter Data (little-l, little-d, again;-)

I’ve been having a play with Twitter again, looking at how we can do the linked thing without RDF, both within a Twitter context and also (heuristically) outside it. First up, hashtag discovery from Twitter lists. Twitter lists can be used to collect together folk who have a particular interest, or be generated from lists … Continue reading “More Pivots Around Twitter Data (little-l, little-d, again;-)”

Time, Yet, for Twitter Captions on BBC iPlayer Content?

A couple of days ago, the Guardian reported a quote from Dimblebobs about Question Time being bigger than X-Factor on Twitter (How Question Time got as big as The X Factor on Twitter); so when are we going to see optional Twitter captions made available, either in real time, or on catch-up services such as … Continue reading “Time, Yet, for Twitter Captions on BBC iPlayer Content?”

Discovering Co-location Communities – Twitter Maps of Tweets Near Wherever…

As privacy erodes further and further, and more and more people start to reveal where they using location services, how easy is it to identify communities based on location, say, or postcode, rather than hashtag? That is, how easy is it to find people who are colocated in space, rather than topic, as in the … Continue reading “Discovering Co-location Communities – Twitter Maps of Tweets Near Wherever…”